Monday, January 16, 2012

Spinning the Globes

Ricky Gervais didn't kill it at the Golden Globes this year but the guy to the left certainly did. Seth Rogen's quip about standing next to the most sickeningly gorgeous woman on the planet Kate Beckinsale was sheer brilliance - crude yes - but utterly riotous. Here's my quick take on last night's proceedings:

  • With 'The Artist' and 'The Descendants' winning their respective best motion picture Globes - it's shaping up to be a proverbial two horse race at the Oscars - exactly as expected. I'm still going with 'The Artist' taking Oscar but it's going to be insanely tight.
  • Best Director looks to be a two-party-race too - the winner last night, Martin Scorsese versus  Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist). Let's just hope the Academy does the right thing and adds Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) to the mix - the deserved winner.
  • Good to see Michelle Williams get recognized for her brilliant performance as Marilyn Monroe - Meryl Streep is a mortal lock at the Academy Awards where of course there is no category split.
  • Kudos to the Hollywood Foreign Press for picking George Clooney over Brad Pitt - Clooney is nearly as big a lock at the Oscars as Streep is.
  • Add another name to the lock-list: Octavia Spencer of 'The Help' - without question the finest performance by a female in a supporting role.
  • Having seen both 'Drive' and 'Beginners' - Albert Brooks is at least Christopher Plummer's equal - would be fitting if Brooks took the Oscar for the supporting split.
  • Finally a memo to Sarah Michelle Gellar: wearing an ink-plattered tent to get people talking about you borders on pathetic - you're better than that.